New Delhi, Apr 5: The Yadavs have made it clear that they will stick to their stand against the Women's Reservation Bill even as the all-party meet convened by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Leader of the Lok Sabha, began.
SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who protested against the Women's Reservation Bill during its passage in Rajya Sabha in Mar 2010, said that they disagreed with the bill in the present form.
The Yadavs have been keen on getting the Bill accommodate an amendment in order to include a reservation within reservation for the women from minorities and weaker sections of the society.
“We have opposed the Bill in its present form. We are not opposed to reservation for women," Mulayam Singh said.
“We will not oppose reservation. We will stick to our old stand of reservation within reservation. The Bill must include reservation for Muslim women, women from backward classes and Dalits," Lalu Prasad stated.
The bill, which allows 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, is expected to be brought before the Lok Sabha after the house resumes the budget session on Apr 15.
The all-party meet was convened to find a way out of the stalemate on the Bill in the Lower House.